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Indo-Arab Leagueís meeting in Hyderabad

Indo-Arab Leagueís meeting in Hyderabad

Kolkata: The police on 20 April caned madrasa students protesting against Kidwai Commission report. The students of West Bengal Madrasa Students Union were protesting before the Reuters Building to repeal the Kidwai Commission report and demanding job reservation for Muslims in schools, colleges and government departments. The police made a reckless lathicharge to disperse the crowd in which several students were injured. The police arrested the Union secretary, Saidul Islam and Muhammad Momin along with 35 other students. 

Idris Ali Advocate, president of All India Minorities Forum condemned the act in strong terms and demanded action against the guilty police. He alleged that police made a merciless lathicharge on students in which a student, Najibul Islam was seriously injured and who is being treated in Medical College Hospital. He said that the CPM government wants to close down madrasas and that the Kidwai report has been prepared for this very purpose.

New Delhi: Suraj Ka Shahr (City of the Sun), a collection of poems by late Shahab Jafri was released here by Syed Shahid Mehdi, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia at a function organised by Shahab Jafri Memorial and Al-Yaum Committee at Urdu Ghar. The function was attended by literary persons. Shahid Mehdi shed light on important aspects of the life of the author and said there was a particular circle of the litterateurs of Anjuman Taraqqipasand Musannifin in Aligarh and late Jafri was the leader of the Anjuman

In his presidential address, Prof. Muhammad Hasan said that a contemporary of Majaz, Shahab Jafriís life could be divided into three phases. In the first phase of his life, he was a freedom fighter, in the second phase, he was a master of creative literature in Aligarh while he spent the third phase of his life in Delhi. He added that Jafriís poetry was more enlightening and refined during his days in Delhi and there is deep thought in his ghazals. 

New Delhi: For the current financial year, the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) will give financial assistance of Rs 1000 to each part time teacher of 207 voluntary organisations. A press release issued recently said that the Council has also decided to give Rs 24,63,500 for conducting seminars, conferences and workshops which includes a grant of Rs 6000 for a short time research on Urdu folklore of Khandesh and evolution of Urdu in Magadh. Besides, the Council has also given recognition to 36 accredited centres for teaching Urdu. 
Director of NCPUL, Dr Muhammad Hamidullah Bhat said the Councilís Grand Aid Committee has decided to give 75 percent financial assistance for publication of 500 copies of its 24 manuscripts and a sum of Rs 501043 has been granted for the purpose.

New Delhi: Admission process for academic session 2004-05 of Jamia Millia Islamia has begun. Forms are being filled for admission tests in different courses. According to university media incharge, SM Sajid forms are being filled for admission in different courses for education and engineering faculty. While admission process for social sciences, natural sciences, law and languages faculty would begin in second week of May.

New Delhi: Dark days of Qutub Minar, the tallest monumental structure of the country, are gone once again after five years. The imposing building was re-illuminated on 25 April after remaining in darkness for five years following a feud on power bills. The complex will now be visible at night. 

It is the first step towards night tourism at the complex after elections are over, Union culture minister Jagmohan said. Efforts are being made for announcements in flights to this effect so that people could view the minarís marvel in aircraftís landing at and taking off from Delhi airport at night.

New Delhi: Delhi Police arrested four people with heroin worth 76 lakh, weapons and cartridges. One of the four is a student of Jamia Millia Islamia. Deputy Commissioner of Police, DL Kashyap told newspersons that Iqbal Ali, 23, a BA (Pass) student of Jamia was arrested with Muhammad Arshad, 21, from Meera Polytechnic College of New Friends Colony by Narcotics branch officers. On investigation Afsar and Guddu Ahmad were arrested the same day from a Petrol pump near Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station. They had gone there to receive goods from Iqbal and Arshad. Ten foreign pistols, revolvers, seven magazines, some cartridges and 760 grams of heroin were recovered from the groupís possession.

Samra Ahmad, head of the gang is said to be an aide of Dawood who brings weapons and drugs from Bihar.

Jaipur: Rajasthan unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad protested against the state motor garage department which had appointed a Muslim driver for VHP general secretary, Pravin Togadia. Togadia had gone to Jaipur to attend the annual general meeting of RSS. The vehicles department which arranges vehicles for VIPs had a Muslim driver for Togadiaís vehicle. When VHP activists came to know about the driverís religion they protested against the government alleging that if a Muslim driver drove their vehicle everybodyís life would be in danger. Moreover, could they bear when a Muslim listens to whatever they talk?

Godda (Jharkhand): Furqan Ansari, a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, who was arrested on 29 April under Arms Act was sent to jail the next day. Police has filed an FIR under various sections including the Arms Act against Ansari. Five others have been lodged in jail along with Ansari while the seventh accused, Prasant Mandal, a JMM legislator is at large. Ansari is contesting against BJPís Pradeep Yadav. 

According to police three guns and 35 rounds of cartridges were found from a vehicle allegedly belonging to Ansariís supporters. They had also indulged in a case of road blockade. Meanwhile, some people have demanded early release of Ansari and accused the state government of falsely implicating him to ruin his political career.

New Delhi: Urdu Sahafat, compiled by Anwar Ali Dehlwi and published by Urdu Academy, Delhi has been included in Ranchi University and all its affiliated colleges. The third edition of the book which is under print contains 332 pages. The book is a collection of articles read in a seminar ĎUrdu Sahafatí organised by the Academy. Along with a 30-page preface by Anwar Ali, the book includes exclusive articles by prominent journalists like Raisuddin Faridi, Jamna Das AKhtar, Hayatullah Ansari, Mujtaba Hussain, Salamat Ali Mehdi and so on. Former editor of Urdu daily Awam, Anwar Ali was an active members of the Academyís governing council at the time of compilation of the work.

New Delhi: At-Tibyan, an Urdu monthly, under the auspices of Abul Kalam Azad Islamic Awakening Centre was launched recently. The first issue of the magazine (May 2004) contains articles on the Quran, Hadith, methodologies of the narrators of Hadith, rights of parents, etc. Some translated articles have also been included for wider benefit of Urdu readers of religious subjects. Priced at Rs 15, the magazine can be obtained from 94, Main Road, Zakir Nagar, New Delhi.

The monthly can be said to be another achievement of the Centre which has been running quite a few madrasas and schools, both for boys and girls in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 

Kolkata: The Organising Committee of Milli Al-Ameen College, Kolkata on behalf of teachers and students gave a reception to Dr Iqbal Jawed over his permanent appointment as principal of the college. The function coincided with the farewell party for BA final year girl students of the college. The three-year services of Prof. Shabina Nishat Umar, Head of the Department of English as incharge lecturer were also hailed. Both Dr Iqbal and Prof. Nishat were presented a silver tray and pen each as memento.

Speaking on this occasion Dr Iqbal said with cooperation of teaching and non-teaching staff, members of the managing committee and students he would try for progress and development of the college. He made a fervent appeal to people to enroll their daughters in the college.

Secretary Muhammad Shaukat Ali said that the college would soon open a faculty of Persian and a science faculty wherein subjects like physics, chemistry, mathematics and molecular biology would be taught. B Ed course especially for Urdu medium students will also be started, he said. 

Rampur: Uttar Pradesh chief minister and president of Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, while addressing an election meeting here in support of party candidate, film actress Jaya Parada for Lok Sabha, advised BJP to put an end to its hatred against Muslims and said that love, not hatred, was taught in madrasas. Rejecting Congress accusation of some kind of secret understanding between BJP and his party, he said that if it was true, his government would have started construction of mosque or temple in Ayodhya. He further said that if BJP agrees to end its hatred against Muslims, salute the national flag in RSS parades and leave aside issues like uniform civil code and Article 370 (Kashmirís special status), talks with them are possible. 

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